Children and the Internet: Legal Considerations in Restricting Access to Content [March 14, 2022]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "Throughout the internet's history, the medium's effect on children has been a recurring topic of interest to legislators and the public. In the internet's early days, much attention focused on children's access to online pornography. Today, commentators have expressed concern with a range of issues including targeted advertising, eating disorders, and self-harm. One possible legislative approach to issues arising from children's use of the internet is to regulate particular types of content that might pose harms to children. When undertaking such efforts, legislators might consider that laws that restrict the provision of expressive material may infringe on free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and laws that target specific categories of speech based on its content are subject to the demanding 'strict scrutiny' standard of judicial review. Congress has attempted to criminalize the provision of internet content that is 'harmful to minors,' but courts applying the strict scrutiny standard have struck down these statutes as unconstitutional under the First Amendment."

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CRS Report for Congress, R47049
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